The outgoing Chief Secretary to the Govt of Karnataka, Arvind Jadhav (IAS:1978:KN), may become an adviser to the Karnataka CM after his extended term comes to an end on September 30, 2016. He is said to have been working hard for it.
Given that the other advisor to the CM, retired IPS officer Kempaih is already mired in controversies including the suicide of two police officers, it would be interesting to see if the CM would be willing to take on yet another adviser who has been investigated for several corruption charges.
Jadhav is said to be of extremely unpleasant disposition and insults even senior officers in open meetings. This has made him extremely unpopular with state IAS and IPS officers.
If he is indeed made adviser to the CM, the moot point is who would be picked up as state CS – Dalit woman officer Ms. K Ratna Prabha (IAS:1981:KN) or Subhash Khuntia (IAS:1981:KN) or S K Pattanayak (IAS:1981:KN).
Given the history of advisers in Karnataka and their penchant for getting chief ministers into trouble, it would be worthwhile to see if the CM gives Jadhav what he wants or opts for the traditional model of governance.